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Clostridium Difficile

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This handout was written to answer some of the questions most often asked about clostridium difficile (C. Difficile). Please feel free to ask your child’s doctor or nurse to explain any information you do not understand.

WHAT IS C. DIFFICILE?
C. Difficile is a bacteria which causes diarrhea. The diarrhea is watery, mucousy, foulsmelling and sometimes bloody. It may also cause fever and abdominal pain. C. Difficile often occurs with the use of antibiotics. C. Difficile can occur at any age. It is seen most often in children who have been sick for a long time or those who have had abdominal surgery.

WHEN DOES IT HAPPEN?
Diarrhea may begin as early as 24 hours after starting antibiotics. Diarrhea may start up to six weeks after antibiotics are taken. This is caused by changes in the intestines.

HOW IS IT DIAGNOSED?
C. Difficile is found in stool (BM) cultures and other specific tests.

IS IT CONTAGIOUS?
Yes. C. Difficile germs can be spread to other people.

HOW IS THE SPREAD OF C. DIFFICILE PREVENTED?
Patients with C. Difficile are placed in isolation. All persons caring for your child or touching his or her belongings should wear gloves. Everyone should wash their hands before giving care and after removing gloves. Throw away gloves after use.

HOW IS IT TREATED?
Medication Flagyl (or metronidazole or other) is usually used to treat C. Difficile. It is given by mouth for seven to 10 days. Your child will be rechecked for C. Difficile after the treatment is finished. Retests are usually done two days and again four days after treatment. After two negative tests, your child may be taken out of isolation.

PDF: Child Health Information - C. DIFFICILE

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Corregido: 1996, 1999

The information contained in this handout is for general information only and should not be considered complete. For specific information about bathing your baby, please ask your doctor or nurse practitioner.

Additional information may be located in the Family Resource Center, 2nd floor, near the Outpatient Surgery Center. Hours of the center vary; please contact the Family Resource Center at 937-641-3700.

Copyright(c) The Children's Medical Center of Dayton. This material is for educational purposes only. It cannot be reproduced or distributed without permission from Dayton Children's.
Revised: 1996, 1999

 

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